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Fountain City Council hears recommendations for WWTP


Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Government

The Fountain City Council listens to the presentation on Fountain's WWTP by the U of M Capstone project students. Photo by Barb Jeffers

The Fountain City Council met on Thursday, May 1, at 6 p.m. instead of the normal 7:30 p.m. in order to accommodate guests whom they hoped had answers the council has been looking for in relation to problems with the wastewater treatment plant.

All council members were present along with City Clerk Ronda Flattum, Police Chief Tom Mosher, and city maintenance worker John Hanson. Others attending included City Engineer David Morrill, representatives from Valley Design, and a representative from PeopleService.

Brian Oakley from Barr Engineering Co. began the Senior Design Presentation by introducing The Capstone Design Team consisting of University of Minnesota students Nora Pederson, Kathryn Klauch, Vicki Larson, and Kipp Sande. Brian Oakley and Todd DeJournett with Barr Engineering were both mentors for the team. Brian made it clear to the audience that the students did all of the work on the project themselves.

Nora Pederson explained the problem with the WWTP that they were given as an assignment at the beginning of the semester. The problem was that the effluent (liquid waste or sewage) levels of nitrogen were consistently going over 10 mg/L, which is the permitted amount allowed by the MPCA.

Important features of the Fountain wastewater treatment plant were highlighted including:

•High variable flow because it is a small town of about 400 people.

•The Valley Design metal finishing facility accounts for about 40-60 percent of the incoming flow to the wastewater treatment plant and out of that 40-60 percent (which varies given the hour of the day and day of the week) most of it is the effluent from the finishing processes rather than bathrooms on site.

•It is rare for a wastewater treatment plant to have a nitrogen permit limit in the State of Minnesota but given the karst geological conditions of Fountain the city is required to have one.

•The plant does have a limited amount of aeration and recycling controls.

•Prior to entering the WWTP most of the wastewater goes through septic tanks which lowers the BOD (essentially food for the microbes in the WWTP) and so a carbon source called Micro C is added to the effluent of the plant.

Nora Pederson then explained important terms when explaining the process at the WWTP. These terms are nitrification and denitrification. Both are part of a biological process that work tog .....
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Fountain City Council approves Structure Lease Agreement

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Government

The Fountain City Council met on the evening of Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. with all council members present as well as City Clerk Ronda Flattum and Police Chief Tom Mosher. Consent agenda items approved included the minutes from the March ..... 
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Fountain City Council reviews financial statements

Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Government

The Fountain City Council met on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in the City Hall. By a motion made by Jim Schott and seconded by Chad Wangen the Consent Agenda items were approved including minutes from the February 6, 2014 meeting, Treasure ..... 
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Fountain City Council shows support for Taste of the Trail

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Government

The Fountain City Council met Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in the city office. All members were present with the exception of Chad Wangen. Mayor Richard Kujath, City Clerk Ronda Flattum, and Police Chief Tom Mosher were also present. ..... 
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Fountain City Council holds first meeting of 2014

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Government

The Fountain City Council met for their first meeting of the year on January 2, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. in the City Hall meeting room. All members were present with the exception of Bryan Ostby. Consent agenda items approved included minutes from the ..... 
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Fountain City Council welcomes new employee

Fri, Dec 13th, 2013
Posted in Fountain Government

The Fountain City Council met on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at the Fountain City Hall. All council members were present in addition to Ronda Flattum. John Heibel attended the meeting to discuss his property and to determine that no f ..... 
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City of Fountain hires new maintenance employee

Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
Posted in Fountain Government

Fountain City Council met on Thursday, November 7, 2013 in the City Office. The first order of business was to hear bids on a tractor from a representative from Marzolf Implement of Spring Valley, Minn. A motion was carried to buy a tractor with th ..... 
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Fountain City Council accepts resignation

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in Fountain Government

The Fountain City Council met on October 3, 2013 in the City Office. All members of the council were present including Mayor Richard Kujath. Consent agenda items approved included the minutes from the September meeting, treasurer’s report, month ..... 
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Fountain City Council considers equipment replacement

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Fountain Government

By Barb Jeffers The Fountain City Council met on Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at the Fountain City Hall. Council members present were Chad Wangen, Jim Schott, Bryan Ostby. Absent was Dave Gudmundson. Also present were Mayor Richard K ..... 
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